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Vlaescu, George
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Topooco, N., Berg, M., Johansson, S., Liljethörn, L., Radvogin, E., Vlaescu, G., . . . Andersson, G. (2018). Chat- and internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy in treatment of adolescent depression: randomised controlled trial. Bjpsych Open, 4(4), 199-207
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2018 (English)In: Bjpsych Open, ISSN 2056-4724, Vol. 4, no 4, p. 199-207Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Depression is a major contributor to the burden of disease in the adolescent population. Internet-based interventions can increase access to treatment.

Aims

To evaluate the efficacy of internet-based cognitive–behavioural therapy (iCBT), including therapist chat communication, in treatment of adolescent depression.

Method

Seventy adolescents, 15–19 years of age and presenting with depressive symptoms, were randomised to iCBT or attention control. The primary outcome was the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II).

Results

Significant reductions in depressive symptoms were found, favouring iCBT over the control condition (F(1,67) = 6.18, P < 0.05). The between-group effect size was Cohen's d = 0.71 (95% CI 0.22–1.19). A significantly higher proportion of iCBT participants (42.4%) than controls (13.5%) showed a 50% decrease in BDI-II score post-treatment (P < 0.01). The improvement for the iCBT group was maintained at 6 months.

Conclusions

The intervention appears to effectively reduce symptoms of depression in adolescents and may be helpful in overcoming barriers to care among young people.

Declaration of interest

N.T. and G.A. designed the programme. N.T. authored the treatment material. The web platform used for treatment is owned by Linköping University and run on a non-for-profit basis. None of the authors receives any income from the programme.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2018
Keywords
Cognitive–behavioural therapy, blended treatment, adolescent, depression, treatment gap, stigma, internet-based treatment, internet-supported, digital, iCBT
National Category
Psychiatry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149803 (URN)10.1192/bjo.2018.18 (DOI)000436934800006 ()29988969 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-07-25 Created: 2018-07-25 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
Beukes, E. W., Vlaescu, G., Manchaiah, V. K. C., Baguley, D. M., Allen, P. M., Kaldo, V. & Andersson, G. (2016). Development and technical functionality of an Internet-based intervention for tinnitus in the UK. Internet Interventions, 6, 6-15
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development and technical functionality of an Internet-based intervention for tinnitus in the UK
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2016 (English)In: Internet Interventions, ISSN 2214-7829, Vol. 6, p. 6-15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Creative approaches to improve access to evidence-based tinnitus treatments are required. The purpose of this study was to develop an Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) intervention, for those experiencing tinnitus in the United Kingdom (UK). Furthermore, it aimed, through technical functionality testing, to identify specific aspects of the iCBT that require improving.

Method

An innovative iCBT intervention for treating tinnitus in the UK has been developed using a cognitive-behavioural theoretical framework. This iCBT was evaluated by two user groups during this developmental phase. Initially, five expert reviews evaluated the intervention, prior to evaluation by a group of 29 adults experiencing significant levels of tinnitus distress. Both groups evaluated iCBT in an independent measures design, using a specifically designed satisfaction outcome measure.

Results

Overall, similar ratings were given by the expert reviewers and adults with tinnitus, showing a high level of satisfaction regarding the content, suitability, presentation, usability and exercises provided in the intervention. The iCBT intervention has been refined following technical functionality testing.

Conclusions

Rigorous testing of the developed iCBT intervention has been undertaken. These evaluations provide confidence that further clinical trials can commence in the UK, to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of this iCBT intervention for tinnitus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Tinnitus, Tinnitus treatment, Internet-interventions, Cognitive behavioural therapy, e-Health
National Category
Applied Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142241 (URN)10.1016/j.invent.2016.08.002 (DOI)2-s2.0-84983541736 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-10-23 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved
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